Our goal is simple: Create independent learners. Even after the lessons of the first twenty days, it is important to keep in mind that practice alone is not sufficient to build the kind of reading and writing competnecies school and work demands. Every decision we make matters!

Consider the following?

Quantity Matters

How much students read makes a difference! They need to process thousands of words within continuous texts each year to accumulate the kind of experiences with texts they need. We can require home reading and do everything possible to make it happen.

Time Matters

No one becomes a reader without spending a great deal of time doing it. Real readers crave time to read, and they make time for it. To reach that mind-set, students need to have many experiences reading pleasurably for extended periods of time.

Variety Matters

People become readers by sampling a wide variety of genres, topics, and writing styles, Variety develops flexibility in processing many different types of texts. Variety is also necessary to stretch readers’ powers of comprehension so that they apply systems of strategic actions in different ways and learn to adjust their reading.

Choice Matters

Real readers choose the books they read. It is important that early in their lives as readers, children learn the power of choice. Only through choice can they develop tastes and preferences, learn that they like some writers better than others, and experience finding a great book that they can recommend to their friends. Many people never have that experience.

Fluency Matters

Readers need to process a large number of texts at their independent reading level (or even easier) so that they develop fluency. It makes sense that doing something competently over and over creates ease and fluency.

Conversation Matters

Reading is much more interesting when surrounded by talk. In reading workshop, there are many opportunities for conversation about books – with the teacher during read-aloud and in reading conferences, with other students during sharing, guided reading, and literature discussion.

Getting Our Hands of Great Books

Building a Classroom Library Without Breaking Your Budget:
17 Ways to Get Free Books
FullBooks.ComThousands of Free Ebooks!
National Classroom Donation Programs

Read-Alike Sites Help Keep Kids Reading

Book Swaps and Hunts:

Please check out this blog post by Angela Maiers: Free Books!

Providing Consistent Time to Read:

Summer Reading Lists Around the Web
NEA Summer Reading Suggestions

Strategies for Helping Them Make Good Choices as Readers:

Jennifer Myers on Setting Norms and Rituals
Jennifer Myers Opens the Door on Her Workshop(includes GREAT video demos)
Jennifer Myers Recommended Touchstone Texts
Teaching Readers About the Goldilock's Rule

Goodreads and Shelfari are both social networking sites that allow kids to create their own bookshelves, write reviews, and read those submitted by others.

Progress Monitoring Resources:

Weekly Class Progress Log
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Books Vs. Televison Progres Log
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Resources for Instruction, Discussion, and Conferencing:

From Steve Peha:
Read Like a Writer
What Can You Say About a Book?

Other Fantastic Links to Visit:

Mrs. McGowan's Class

Big Thanks to Angela Stockman for sharing these incredible resources.
WNY Education Associates